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BUY YORKSHIRE BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE DIVERSITY AND MORE IN COMMON

4th April 2017

MP for Batley and Spen, Jo Cox, was tragically murdered on 16 June 2016. Despite the shock and bewilderment which followed her death, Jo’s family chose to create a campaign that would celebrate all of the things that we have in common.

Building upon the massive support that the campaign has attracted, including global media attention and awareness raising activities around the world, the family are now encouraging communities to get involved with ‘The Great Get Together’ on 17 and 18 June 2017.

Almost a year since Jo’s passing, the Buy Yorkshire Conference will welcome Kim Leadbetter, sister of Jo and champion of the #MoreInCommon movement, to the stage to explain how she remains strong, the courage she takes from her sisters memory and how her family are determined not to fuel or endorse the hatred that resulted in such a terrifying and tragic turn of events.

Kim comments: “The Yorkshire Mafia have been on board since the very beginning, we can’t thank them enough. It is working with networks like this that allows us to share our message to the masses, which is really important if we are going to make a lasting difference in Jo’s name.

“I’m looking forward to sharing our story and to explaining why it is so important that Jo is remembered for the positive work that she carried out. We really do believe that we can create a lasting legacy that will prove that we all have more in common than that which divides us.”

Further adding to the line-up of industry leading speakers at Buy Yorkshire, will be Dr Margaret Casely-Hayford. Following a 30 year career in law, including 20 years as a partner in a City based firm, Margaret is now an adviser to young entrepreneurs, those embarking on board careers and organisations with regards to governance.

Calling upon her experience as Chair of International Development Charity, ActionAid UK; as an elected member to the Board of the Co-op and a Trustee on the Board of the Radcliffe Foundation, she will explain how she is now responsible for promoting board diversity as a Board Apprentice Ambassador.

As Chair of the Advisory Board of Ultra Education, which teaches entrepreneurial skills to primary school children, Margaret will also explain how her experience and network has also given her the opportunity to manage a rap artist and digital media entrepreneur.

Margaret comments: “With more than three decades of experience in board level roles, I am looking forward to sharing my insights and to explaining why the many and varied positions I have had have shaped what I choose to do today.

“It hasn’t always been easy but thanks to my career I now champion diversity and provide recommendations to encourage businesses to think about the benefits to having a mixed board that is reflective of gender, ethnicity and geographies.”

Both speakers will take to the stage at the Buy Yorkshire Conference which takes place on Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 May at the Royal Armouries and New Dock Hall in Leeds. Expecting an audience of more than 4,000 delegates, 185 exhibitors and 20 speakers, the Conference is the largest business to business event outside of London.

Registration is free for delegates to attend, with a full schedule of seminars, speakers and social meet ups. For more information please visit www.buyyorkshire.com

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